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TV Broadcast #1058

When David Stayed Home

January 13, 2013

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1058 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: Anybody ever been in that kind of a condition? I don’t mean you got…went out and committed murder. But I mean, you just got in a bad place and suddenly sin didn’t look like sin anymore. And you did this, and you did that, and then you reach a point and you look back and you say, oh my God! How could I have done what I did? How could I have thought the way I thought? But this is where David is at this point. He’s blind.

And so, “When Uriah’s wife heard that her husband was dead, she mourned for him. After the time of mourning was over, David had her brought to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son.” (NIV). So you’re not talking about a week or two here, are you? You’re talking about a spiritual condition that endured in David, obviously, for the entire term of this baby and now he’s got a young son. I don’t know how old, probably a toddler. But this is a year or two you’re talking about here, when he’s living in this state of spiritual blindness! You can tell that this is the kind of a message where everybody just shouts, and jumps, and says amen.

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Now there’s an amen at least. But thank God. But this is the truth, isn’t it?

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And the thing is, there’s not one of us here who can look down on David and say, well, look at you. Every one of us needs to be looking in the mirror and saying, hey, I need to wake up. I need to be alert. I need to be on my guard, because I am not beyond the power of doing anything. If God’s servant, a man after His own heart, can be led down this pathway and wind up committing murder, folks, there is no depth to which a person cannot descend who starts down this path, and doesn’t stop and get honest.

So she bore him a son and up to this point, it’s just recounting what happened. “But the thing David had done displeased the Lord.” You think? Oh my!

So anyway, God’s gonna now step in. “The Lord sent Nathan.…” Now Nathan is a prophet. “The LORD sent Nathan to David. When he came to him.…” And he came to him, you know, using a story that would appeal to David’s sense of righteousness. He knew if he just came right out and said, David…but he came and he absolutely told him a story about something that supposedly happened.

“…He said, There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him.” I mean talk about painting a picture! The rich guy and the poor man’s got this one little lamb and it’s so close to him it’s like a daughter.

“Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.”

Whoa! All of a sudden David’s moral sense got totally struck. He was outraged. “David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die!” I mean, he wants this guy to die for stealing a lamb. Guess what’s about to land on him? Oh my!

How easy is it for us to look at somebody else and have this sometimes self-righteous indignation rise up and point the finger and condemn, and not see us? Why do you think Jesus said…talked about judging and said, don’t judge. First get the beam out of your eye, and then you’ll be able to see clearly and take the speck out of your brother’s eye. You’ve got a log in yours and you’re trying to help him get the speck out of his. God help us. We need to look at ourselves first.

And I’ll tell you, if we do, then we’re gonna find out what we are. Then we’re gonna be able to help somebody else with a different spirit. You know, there is a place for going to one another. Paul talked about it when he said, if somebody’s, “…Overtaken in a fault…” (KJV). In other words, sin has really gotten a hold there. There’s a real problem going on. It isn’t just some little act…you can see somebody beginning to get in jail, spiritually speaking. What does he say? “Ye which are spiritual, restore such an one…” But how? In a spirit of…

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…Meekness. Why?

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“Considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” There’s always got to be that sense of hey, I’m not above this. I’m made of the same stuff that they are. I cannot look down on anyone. I’m here to help, but I’m not here to condemn and point a finger.

All right, so David is really angry. “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this deserves to die! He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.”(NIV). At this point, David still does not have a clue.

“Then Nathan said to David, You are the man!” Think of the courage that took for Nathan. Kings, in that day, had the power of life and death. All David would have had to say, how dare you speak to me that way! Off with his head! It wouldn’t be like Alice-in-Wonderland off with her head. This would have really happened.

And it did happen. There were other cases where prophets of God were sent to men to tell them the truth and they lost their lives over it, or they were thrown into prison. They were persecuted. But Nathan went to this man and obeyed God! God give us that kind of courage! We need courage to speak the truth, because the truth absolutely will cut across what we need to be delivered from.

But David truly was a man after God’s own heart, and just gotten in a very, very bad place, because he had just become careless and self-confident. But all of a sudden, the prophet comes to him. “You are the man! This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more.”

God’s not stingy, is He? This was a God who longed to bless His servant. Then he says this, “Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes?” You know, when we go down these kinds of road, think about what we’re doing. Isn’t that what we’re doing? When God has given clear instruction to His children as to what He desires out of us, not only has He given the instruction, He’s given His Spirit so that it makes it possible.

And for us to sort of get cooled off by the world that we live in, and begin to suddenly…sin is not so sinful, and we can make excuses, we can drift, we can sort of toy with sin and go down the wrong road. What we’re really doing is despising what He says. God, You’re not telling me the truth. It’s not like You say it is. Oh, God, give us hearts that are humbled before Him and honest.

“You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword.” The Lord charged him with that. Yeah, he arranged it all to happen, but as far as God was concerned, David picked up a sword and killed him himself. You killed him with the sword! “…And took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.

“This is what the Lord says: Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity upon you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will lie with your wives in broad daylight. You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.”

Whoa! Talk about straight shooting message there. There’s no compromise in that. But I see something in David here that you don’t see in Saul and a whole lot of others. David didn’t make any excuse. He had nothing to say except, “I have sinned against the Lord.”

He doesn’t say Bathsheba shouldn’t have been doing that. He didn’t say any other thing. He didn’t say, Lord, look at all the good things I have done. Yes, I made a mistake. There was no justification. It was absolutely…you read Psalm 51, and you will see the spirit of repentance that he had. It was, God, You are 100 percent right. I am 100 percent wrong. I make no excuse for what I did. I’m just gonna lay myself before Your feet and just appeal to You for mercy, because he knew he had no other ground upon which to approach God.

What did Saul say when Samuel came to him? He said, yes, I did obey the Lord. I destroyed them and I brought these to make an offering. But that isn’t what the Lord told you. You know, how we respond when God puts the finger on the thing that’s wrong in our lives, says a lot about us. Most of us are very, very good at saying, well, it’s not quite as bad as you think. You’ve got to consider this. You’ve got to consider that. Well, my motive was good. You know, 1,001 little things that we will have to try to make something better in our own eyes instead of just saying, truth, Lord. I did it and I’m sorry.

But you know, God is looking for honest hearts. Even though this was a distressing, saddening thing for the Lord, I don’t see God coming to him with thunders and I’m gonna blast you into oblivion over this thing. There was a God who came with a forgiveness, but yet you notice something here. There were consequences to this sin. You know, David was forgiven, wasn’t he?

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I believe God answered the prayer of Psalm 51 where he said, “Restore to me the joy of your salvation…then I will teach transgressors your ways.” God was a forgiving God. You read the Psalms and you’ll see that message over and over again. “There is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.” (KJV). David had a respect for God. God forgave him his sin.

But I’ll tell you, there are things that we do that set things in motion. There are consequences when we go down these roads. David’s life took a turn right here, and because of what he had done, he still had a lot of natural reaping to do. Things that he would have never have had to endure. He had his own son rise up in rebellion against him and push him off the throne. He had to run for his life, flee from his son! And he had wars that he never would have had.

And, of course, you read in this chapter 12, you go on and the Lord had said, the child is gonna die. You did this! I lifted you up! That’s the problem here. God lifted David up before all the nations of the world! This is My servant! He is a servant of the Most High God! I have honored him! And now here is David doing this, and giving occasion to everybody out there to say, aha! Yeah, look, you’re just like me.

Nathan said, because you’ve done that the child is gonna die. And the child got sick, and David just prostrated himself. He fasted for like the seven day period, I guess, that it took for the child to die. And he just refused to eat, and he lay there and he cried out to God for mercy.

And his condition was such that the servants were afraid to tell him when the child died. Look, he’s been prostrate, if we tell him, he’s gonna go nuts! He’s gonna go crazy! He’s gonna go over the edge if we tell him the child has actually died now. Finally, he sees the servants whispering over there and asked, is the child dead? They said, yes. And they’re waiting for the axe to fall or waiting for something to happen. And to their amazement, he gets up and takes a bath, gets clean and orders supper.

They’re looking at him, why in the world, I don’t get this. I don’t understand it. He said, while the child was alive, I poured out my heart to God. I said, maybe God will be merciful in this case. It says, but now that he’s gone, it’s over. He won’t come to me. I’ll go to him one day. We’ll be in the same place one day, but there’s no point in doing what I’ve been doing anymore.

And of course, the story goes on. Actually this Bathsheba became the mother of Solomon. So God can certainly weave the tattered threads of our lives into something that’s eternal. I thank God that we’ve got a God like that.

( congregational amens ).

But I don’t want to go down these kinds of road, do you?

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We…I’ll tell you, it’s so easy, as I say, in the world that we live in, not to fully appreciate the power of sin! We drink it up through so many sources. I mean, you camp in front of the television set. I watch it some too, but I try to guard my spirit against what little I do watch. But, I’ll tell you what, if you just sort of drink it in, it will absolutely dull you right down. It will blunt your spiritual edge and all of a sudden you’ll just be…something will come into your mind and you will entertain things you would not have entertained if you’d been living in God’s presence, and seeking Him and staying close to Him.

I’ll tell you, that’s what we need in this hour. God is building an army, and He’s looking for people who will serve Him, and stand for Him, and learn how to fight the good fight of the faith. You know, what did Peter say when he warned the people? He said, beware…well let me look at it. 1st Peter 4. You know the scripture. Chapter 5, I’m sorry.

He said, “Be self-controlled and alert.” Verse 8. Be self-controlled! What happened? David allowed something else to get control. There was an impulse that arose from him that simply demanded attention. In this case, it was his physical lust. Let’s be straight about it. It rose up and said, pay attention to me. Feed me—feed me. And instead of saying, wait a minute, this is wrong, this is going down the wrong road, he thought about it. And he began to entertain that, and he began to yield, he began to…little by little he gave into this thing and look where it led him.

Be self-controlled! “…God hath not given us…” Paul said, “…the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love…” (KJV). And the NIV says, self-control. God has given us the power to be able to rule over these bodies of ours. He also wrote to Timothy, “…This is the will of God, even your sanctification…that every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour.” That may not be the exact quote, but it’s essentially what he said. It’s God’s will!

You know, I appreciate what Chip read recently about God’s will being that we are thankful for everything. That’s exactly right. Well, this is another statement of God’s will. It’s God’s will that we absolutely learn how to take possession of our own bodies, our own vessels, and use them for God instead of allowing sin to control them. That’s what it’s about.

But…see, we’re not alone in this deal. This is not just us in the ether. We’ve got an enemy! “Be self-controlled and alert.” (NIV). Why? “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion…” What’s he doing? “…Looking for someone to devour.” Now, you’ve watched lions hunt on some of these nature shows. What do they tend to do? When they’re going after a flock…not a flock, but a herd, I guess, of gazelles or something…some type of animal that they consider prey, what do they look for?

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They look for stragglers, weak ones that kind of get out on the periphery and wander. Has the devil got you on the periphery? If you’re kind of off by yourself, you’re in a vulnerable place. Oh, I’ll tell you, we need to be close. We need to recognize the spirit of the age, and what the Lord is calling us to do.

Be self-controlled and alert. He’s looking for someone to devour. This was not written to unbelievers. This is written to believers. Look at David, one of the greatest men of God in the Bible. And yet, look what he was capable of under the right circumstances. Boy, that’s a sobering message to us, isn’t it?

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But thank God we can do what he says in verse 9. “Resist him…” Why? “…Standing firm in the faith.…” We realize that we’re not standing against him in our own strength. There is a strength that God has given us that’s enough to do the job! But we are going to have to make choices that stand in that faith! Faith is not in ourselves! It’s standing firm in the faith! Where is faith directed to?

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It’s directed to the Lord. How many songs were sung this morning about Him being our strength? Well this is one of the greatest needs that we have…it’s for strength, moral courage.

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God help us! “…Standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” You’re not alone. That one you’re looking down the row at and thinking they’re doing great, they might be like David, putting on a front. I can’t see into anybody’s heart this morning. I have no idea why the Lord put this on my mind. But if it’s only for a warning, that’s enough! But I’ll tell you, there may be somebody here who’s in real danger. And God loves you enough to look you in the eye and say, watch out! Wake up!

( congregational amens ).

Satan is gonna make a mess out of your life if you keep going the way you’re going. You need Him! “And the God of all grace…” That’s it. Not the God of all condemnation. The God of grace! The God who will extend His own Spirit to strengthen us and help us to be what He wants us to be. He, “…Called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.”

Folks, may God give us grace today to not let a spirit of complacency take hold in our lives. I thank God for times of blessing. I thank God for times when, man, we enjoy the Lord’s presence. It’s just wonderful. We get together like the week-end down in Columbia. I understand the service here you had, the Lord blessed. Praise God, it’s wonderful!

What happened Wednesday night? Pretty good case in point. We got complacent and the Lord just let us sit here a while. How easy it is to experience some of the Lord’s blessings and turn it into a curse because we’re careless. But God wants us to stay close. He is everything that we need. His hand reaches out in love and when we need it, He knows how to put His finger in our face without condemnation…and convict us and help us and draw us closer. Let’s seek Him and serve Him and be watchful, and stay close. Praise God!